Water Management

31st March – Water management

Fighting coronavirus and saving water In the wake of the novel coronavirus outbreak, there is an urgent need to understand the importance of water management in India. What is the relationship between the two? According to WHO, Covid-19 is “not robust”-it’s less stable in the environment and more susceptible to oxidants such as chlorine. Conventional, …

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Facial Recognition Technology

19th March – Facial Recognition Technology

Coming to terms with biometrics in policing Ever since the police became a formal organisation nearly 150 years ago, there is a global consensus that the police charter ought not to be restricted to a mere maintenance of peace in public places. It should focus equally on crime prevention and detection. It is in the …

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Data Protection Bill

17th March – Data Protection Bill

Data Protection Bill is vague and intrusive The Personal Data Protection (PDP) Bill, 2019 introduces significant new requirements and challenges for legal and compliance functions. This entails changes to the ways in which technologies are designed and managed, including focus on search, storage and security of data.  A gamut of cautions – The PDP framework …

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6th March – Cryptocurrency

Figuring out risks posed by cryptocurrency On April 6, 2018, the RBI issued a prohibition on all dealings in cryptocurrency by regulated entities. Recently, the Supreme Court has annulled this circular of the RBI. How cryptocurrency is different from normal currency? The money we use (fiat currency) is a product of lending by institutions (commercial …

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Nuclear Power

4th March – Nuclear Power

Nuclear Power Recently, Prime Minister Modi and President Trump encouraged the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited and Westinghouse Electric Company to finalise the techno-commercial offer for the construction of six nuclear reactors in India at the earliest date. Concerns – It has been clear for years that electricity from American reactors would be more …

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26th February – Data Localisation

Among the many important laws that were introduced in the winter session of the Lok Sabha was the Personal Data Protection (PDP) Bill, 2019. Introduction – The draft law is a comprehensive piece of legislation that seeks to give individuals greater control over how their personal data is collected, stored and used. Once passed, the …

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24th February – Third Bodo Accords

On January 27, 2020, the central government announced that it has signed a “historic” accord with four factions of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) – NDFB-Progressive (NDFB-P), NDFB-Ranjan Daimary (NDFB-RD), NDFB-Dhirendra Boro (NDFB-DB) and NDFB-Saoraigwra (NDFB-S, formerly NDFB-Songbijit). The accord reportedly included a number of political and economic measures designed to strengthen the …

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17th February – Pegasus – A powerful tool of surveillance

The Facebook’s subsidiary company—WhatsApp, on 29 October 2019, filed a lawsuit in the United States California’s Northern District Federal Court against Israel-based cyber-arms firm— the NSO Group, for infecting ‘specific’ group of WhatsApp users worldwide, mainly belong to civil societies, through their spyware program—Pegasus (also known as Trident). Background – Few reports claimed that the …

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28th January – Hypersonic Delivery Systems

On December 27, 2019, Russia announced that its new hypersonic glide vehicle (HGV), Avangard, launched atop an intercontinental ballistic missile, had been made operational. Russia claims that this nuclear-armed HGV can fly at over 20 times the speed of sound and is capable of such manoeuvring as to be “invulnerable to interception by any existing …

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27th January – Air Defence Command

The newly appointed Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) in his very first meeting after taking over on 01 Jan 2020, has directed Headquarters Integrated Defence Staff (IDS) to prepare a proposal by 30 Jun 2020 for the creation of Air Defence Command (ADC). What is Air Defence Command (ADC)? Air defence Command is responsible for …

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